Actor will reprise 'Macbeth' for spring run

Alan Cumming will return to Broadway this spring in “Macbeth,” playing every role in the Bard tragedy in a staging that first played New York over the summer as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

John Tiffany, a Tony winner last spring for “Once,” co-helms the show with Andrew Goldberg (“The Bomb-itty of Errors”). First produced by the National Theater of Scotland in June, the adaptation stars Cumming in what is essentially a solo retelling of “Macbeth” set in a psych ward.

Cumming, currently a regular on CBS skein “The Good Wife,” won a Tony for his 1998 turn as the Emcee in the Roundabout Theater Company’s long-running revival of “Cabaret,” and has since appeared on the Rialto in Roundabout productions to “Design for Living” and “The Threepenny Opera.”

Design team for “Macbeth” includes Merle Hensel (sets and costumes), Natasha Chivers (lights), Fergus O’Hare (sound) and Ian William Galloway (video projections).

Show becomes the latest addition to a Broadway spring that already includes a handful of other solo outings, including Bette Midler in “I’ll Eat You Last,” about the Hollywood agent Sue Mengers, as well as Holland Taylor’s upcoming stint in Ann Richards bio-play “Ann” and Fiona Shaw topliner “The Testament of Mary.”

Ken Davenport produces “Macbeth,” which will play limited run of six-perf weeks (as opposed to the Rialto standard of eight), in a concession to the demanding nature of the perf.

“Macbeth” begins preview April 7 ahead of an April 21 opening at the Barrymore Theater, the venue left vacant when “Chaplin” shuttered Jan. 6. Production is currently skedded to close June 30.

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